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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 11-08-2005, 08:52 AM
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NEED POWER FEEDBACK BETWEEN 545i & 550i

I'd like to hear some feedback from people who went from 545i to 550i . Is there enough difference in power for me to step up to a 550i.

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Old 11-08-2005, 01:56 PM
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I also have a '05 545i, and the hit you'll take on your existing car (including lost sales tax in CA, since you pay tax on new car price, not difference between new & trade) vs. the price of a new 550i, can't be justified by the marginal power increase--at lease for me.
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Old 11-08-2005, 03:27 PM
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take the $10,000 you'll loss and buy a 550i emblem. what the different between 0-60 in 5.5 to 5.3 on the us hi ways. my 545 has all the power i'll ever need. feels like my hemi 426 from the 60s. the 440 6 pak didnt fell any different in the 0-60 then.
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Old 11-08-2005, 04:16 PM
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I already figured out that for comparably equipped 545 and 550:
I would pay over $7000 more over a 3 year lease
to obtain 0-60 mph decrease of 0.2 seconds for the 550.
No thanks.
My 545 cost me 2.4% interest. The 550 would cost me 6.24% interest.
Otherwise the cars are virtually the same:
Same interior.
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Old 11-08-2005, 04:21 PM
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I compared the 645 and 650, the difference is neglible. Either car has so much power, more than most people would use unless they were on the track. Both have same top speed.

However, there is a situation in which I would buy the 650 over the 645, that is if I was buying the convertible because of the added 400+ pounds.

645 coupe = 650 convertible
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Old 11-08-2005, 06:26 PM
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Also the new BMW 550i in manual gained 99 pounds over a 545i manual and a 550i auto gained 110 pounds over the 545i in auto. The power to weight ratio is only a difference of 0.8. the 545i already has plenty of power for everyday and is also lighter which would make the handling slightly better. 545i auto weight distributuion is 51.4 vs the 550i auto weight distribution of 51.7. still not a huge difference but it still counts. honestly I would rather go with the 545i for the slightly lighter feeling and better weight distribution.
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Old 11-08-2005, 10:23 PM
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Not to mention with the 550i you will be taking a $1000-1100 hit through the gas guzzler tax.

The 545i avoids that nasty little add-on

Performance is neglible. It's like doing that Hamaan displacement upgrade to go from a 4.5 to a 5.3 or something. Just go forced induction for a cheaper upgrade.
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Not to mention with the 550i you will be taking a $1000-1100 hit through the gas guzzler tax.

The 545i avoids that nasty little add-on

Performance is neglible. It's like doing that Hamaan displacement upgrade to go from a 4.5 to a 5.3 or something. Just go forced induction for a cheaper upgrade.
What determines if a gas guzzler tax applies? I know the SMG cars have it as well.
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Old 11-10-2005, 06:38 AM
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Not to mention with the 550i you will be taking a $1000-1100 hit through the gas guzzler tax.

The 545i avoids that nasty little add-on

Performance is neglible. It's like doing that Hamaan displacement upgrade to go from a 4.5 to a 5.3 or something. Just go forced induction for a cheaper upgrade.
That tax is only on the manual and SMG 550. I believe it was the same on the 545 - ?
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That tax is only on the manual and SMG 550. I believe it was the same on the 545 - ?
No Gas Guzzler on my 2005 545 SMG.
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True, but the 550i with Manual or SMG is getting hit with a 1300 GGT.
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Old 11-10-2005, 01:37 PM
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True, but the 550i with Manual or SMG is getting hit with a 1300 GGT.
I believe the M3 with SMG is as well.

From BMW specs...

Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG) (M3 Convertible)
Includes Sequential (semi-automatic) and Automated (fully automatic) mode actuation of a 6-speed manual transmission and rear park distance control (PDC). There is no clutch pedal with this transmission, since the system automatically engages/disengages the clutch in either mode. (Raises Gas Guzzler Tax from $1000 to $1300 on convertible only.) INCLUDES 508.

Holy crap, that' some serious suckin!

Fuel Consumption 2006 M3 Convertible

6-speed manual transmission - City 16 mpg

6-speed manual transmission - Highway 23 mpg

6-speed SMG transmission - City 16 mpg

6-speed SMG transmission - Highway 22 mpg



From feds,

http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/info.shtml#guzzler

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